When people ask me what’s new, I happily and eagerly offer up my new endeavor, responses vary from good luck wishes to compliments on having a good TV face. I’m told that I would be good on Law and Order because I’m an executive type. The most common is something like, “It’s hard, good luck.” I imagine aspiring poets, painters and dancers hear the same thing.
There is also another response, more of an inquiry, and I didn’t see it coming. One person I know often asks mockingly, “How’s that acting coming, did you get a job yet?”
Should I act surprised? Should I act grateful for these unsolicited comments? I smile, and cheerfully say ‘Not yet”. I asked an actress how she handles this. “I’ve stopped telling people I’m an actress.’ “They always want to know what I’m working on.” She wondered if these same people ask others what they’re working on at their jobs. “Working on any new presentations or cutback proposals?”
Instead of giving an opinion, I would appreciate your good wishes. Ask if me if you’d like to be on my mailing list so you’ll know what I’m doing.
I’m well aware that careers in creative fields are tough, that’s no secret. That’s why I’ll hold on to my day job. Until it’s time for my close up, wish me well.